Voter's Guide, 2021 Fall Elections, New Orleans
Position Councilmember at Large Division 1
NameHelena Nancy Moreno

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Bio Information

Party AffiliationDemocrat
ProfessionFormer Journalist and State Legislator
Present Employer / positionReal Estate
Length of residence in Jurisdiction21 years
List of educational institutions and degreesSouthern Methodist University '99 - B.A.
Prior elected and appointed positionsState Representative, District 93
Civic involvement and affiliationsIndependent Women's Organization
Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee
New Orleans Building Corporation
Board of Liquidation

Questions specific to the position

1. What do you see as your role as council president? The Council President manages the Council's schedule, administrative functions, and agenda.
2. Do you feel like the wages for municipal employees, such as the NOFD and EMS are adequate, and if not, how do you propose raising them? No, I support increasing the city's Living wage to at least $15 and beyond to address the rising cost of living and to ensure we our public servants are fairly compensated for their work and sacrifice.
3. Will you support an ordinance to establish an independent external evaluation of the Ethics Review Board as called for in the Charter? Please explain your answer. Yes, the ERB is already authorized to hire an external evaluator, but I would propose that it be the province of the Council to engage a qualified, independent organization to assure the public that the ERB is performing its duties.
4. In your role as the regulatory body for Entergy, what factors would you consider to increase rates? We actually fought and won a DECREASE in ENO rates in 2019 (the first in more than a decade) and have consistently fought to make energy more affordable - including by increasing the use of renewable power. We've passed the RCPS which mandates 100% clean power by 2050 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. We've also added 100MW of solar generation since I've been chair.
5. Where is the best site for a new City Hall and why? City hall is already in a good location - we just need a modern building that gives the public easy and comfortable access to City services. There are number of downtown locations which could serve as a new location. Making sure every part of New Orleans can reach City Hall quickly - with easy access to efficient public transit - should be our priority.